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Preserve Iowa Summit

June 1-3, 2023

The Iowa State Historic Preservation Office is proud to present the 2023 Preserve Iowa Summit!

The Preserve Iowa Summit is the state’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation. Through expert presentations, workshops and tours, participants will learn new ways to preserve Iowa’s past for the future.

The 2023 summit will take place in Sioux City, where Iowa’s rolling prairies meet the Great Plains. The city has a rich and colorful history as a hub for frontier exploration, riverboats, railroads and much more. It’s home to the spectacular Woodbury County Courthouse, one of the world’s finest examples of Prairie School architecture, as well as the Sergeant Floyd Monument, which honors a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and became the country’s first National Historic Landmark in 1960.

The three-day program starts Thursday with some inspiration – an awards ceremony to honor the Preservation Projects of Merit, Excellence in Historic Preservation & Archaeology awards, and Preservation Iowa’s “Preservation At Its Best” – and wraps up Saturday with a round of how-to sessions specially designed for Iowans who work or volunteer at local historical societies and history museums across the state.


The welcome, keynote and preservation awards session will take place at the Orpheum Theater. All other sessions and the welcome reception will take place at the Warrior Hotel. Several room blocks are available, see the lodging section for more information. 

Registration Rates

  • $200 for the three-day conference and welcome reception on Thursday evening
  • $100 discounted registration for Certified Local Government, Local History Network and Preservation Iowa members
  • Please email for scholarship information

Register for the conference here.

Who should attend?

  • Historic property owners
  • Members of historic preservation commissions
  • Historic preservation, planning, interior design and architecture students
  • Main Street staff and board members
  • Preservation professionals and consultants
  • Developers and planning professionals
  • Local government officials, community leaders and civic organizations
  • Architects

The summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office, the city of Sioux City and the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission. It is funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.



Several room blocks have been made conveniently within walking distance of all sessions and tours. Make your room reservation by May 1 in order to secure the guest rate. If making reservations by phone, notify the staff that you're with the Preserve Iowa Summit to get the discounted rate. 

Warrior Hotel
525 6th St, Sioux City, IA 51101
Group Rate: $119 plus applicable taxes
Book online or call 712-317-1011 to reserve your room. 


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, June 1

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration
9 - 11:30 a.m. CLG Roundtable
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1 - 4:30 p.m. Welcome, Keynote Address and Awards Ceremonies at Orpheum Theater
6:30 - 8 p.m. Welcome Reception at The Warrior Hotel

Friday, June 2

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration
9 - 10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions at The Warrior Hotel
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout sessions at The Warrior Hotel
12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch on your own
2 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout sessions at The Warrior Hotel
3:45 - 5 p.m. Breakout sessions at The Warrior Hotel

Saturday, June 3

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lightning Round Sessions at The Warrior Hotel

Detailed schedule coming soon.

Tours & Activities

Registration for summit tours will be provided to registered attendees via email.

The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

The views and conclusions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.